The following is a list of regularly updated volunteering opportunities in and around Lewisham. The list contains both from home, remote opportunities and mobile, in person opportunities. If you would like to receive updates on the latest volunteering opportunities, along with creative activities, donation information and the latest news from around Lewisham you can sign up to receive our weekly newsletter.
Action for Community Development – Bookkeeping & Accounting Volunteer and Volunteer Project Managers
AfCD are looking for Bookkeeping & Accounting Volunteers and a Volunteer Project Managers.
The Bookkeeping & Accounting Volunteer role would involve: VAT/bookkeeping, payroll work and more.
The project manager role will be to plan, monitor and control a project, monitor progress.
Volunteers need to be highly organised and with exceptional attention to detail. AfCD require the volunteer to be personable and with excellent people skills, as they will have to deal with stakeholders, clients, staff and contractors at all levels.
AfCD offer huge flexibility with the way you volunteer your hours, home/office work, a really pleasant office environment and total flexibility and variation in the role. Any travel expenses will be reimbursed providing receipt.
Contact us on email@example.com to register your interest!
Voluntary Services Lewisham – Vaccination Appointment Driver
Hello Potential Volunteer Driver!
VSL have been busy taking vulnerable people to their vaccination appointments in Lewisham and they need you! If you have a car, a recent DBS, and a minimum of 2 hours per week, please get in touch. If you don’t have a recent DBS, we can get one for you at no charge. The volunteer attributes essential to this role are attentiveness, care for others, patience, safe driving, and cleanliness and willingness to use PPE.
“With the Covid-19 vaccination rollout in full swing, people are stepping forward to volunteer to take people for their jabs. But this service can be more than just a car journey, a connection is being made with some of the most vulnerable in our communities.” BBC, 1st Feb 2021.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest
Greenwich Park – Horticulture volunteering and training
Greenwich Park are looking for volunteers with horticultural interests to assist with offering one morning a week on their rose garden or their herbaceous border.
Action for Refugees in Lewisham – Volunteer Shelter Builders
AFRIL have 3 more volunteer workday Saturdays planned at the allotment to finish the shelter build and redesign the growing area: Saturday 27th March 10am to 4pm, Saturday 3rd April 10am to 4pm and Saturday 10th April 10am to 4pm.
They welcome experienced and novice builders and gardeners to come along for one or more sessions to build the shelter or redesign our plot.
Anyone interested please bring gloves, sturdy boots, waterproof clothing, a mask and antibacterial hand gel. Contact Cat, our AFRIL Community Gardener on 07786266699 or email@example.com
Rastafari Movement UK– Food Project Volunteer
Rastafari Food and Wellbeing Project needs:
2 x VOLUNTEER DRIVERS and 2x Grocery Packers to help to deliver food to vulnerable households across Lewisham, Lambeth, and Southwark on Tuesday afternoons.
Volunteers should be able to give 1 or 2 hours between 2-6pm on a Tuesday, they can reimburse your travel costs. Please contact Sis Marcia 07931 373377 or Sis Veema 07494731089 for details.
Morden College – Shop Volunteers
Shop Volunteers Needed!
Morden College are looking for enthusiastic, friendly and outgoing volunteers to join their Shop team. Based in the newly built John Morden Centre, you will provide a welcoming and helpful service to the residents who live at Morden College. Your main tasks will be to greet customers; process sales and returns on the till; price, arrange and replenish stock; take regular stocktakes; take orders for weekly meals and shopping; and some light cleaning and sanitising of surfaces.
If you’re looking to get involved in your community, want to gain skills in a retail or support environment, or just love being around people, Morden College would love to hear from you!
For more information, visit Morden College’s Website
One Health Lewisham – New Callout for Covid Vaccination Steward
This is an opportunity to be part of the largest mass vaccination ever undertaken. Your contribution will be essential!
“As we move into a new phase of vaccinations, we are asking volunteers to commit to four- to five-hour shifts between 8.15 a.m. and 8 p.m Monday to Saturday. Days and times may vary between different centres”
Legendary Community Club – Food Project Volunteer
Legendary Community Club are looking for:
Leaders, Packers, Lunch-makers and Drivers to support their food provision for young people and their families in Lewisham.
They are also looking for someone with Social Media experience to join their team, a creative who has experience of work within social media would be ideal (this would be a few hours a week)
Living Water Christian Centre Food Service – Volunteer Drivers
Living Water Christian Centre Food Service need volunteers who can be available fortnightly on Tuesdays between 2.30pm and 7pm to ride with the driver to Coulsdon and assist him with loading and unloading the van at two locations. Please email (mentioning Lewisham Local) firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
Please email (mentioning Lewisham Local) email@example.com to apply.
Brockley Max Festival – Press Volunteer
Brockley Max Festival are looking for a volunteer to help with press for the festival. The role will involved to write press releases for the festival, to contact press outlets, both print and online. To update press contacts, and to monitor and evaluate impact of press article and coverage. If this sounds exciting and interesting to you, please contact Moira (Festival Director): firstname.lastname@example.org
Lewisham Multilingual Advice Service – Advice Volunteer
Lewisham Multilingual Advice Service (LMLAS) is looking for telephone advice line volunteers to assist with our advice services. This is an ideal role for enthusiastic people interested in enhancing their skills and building confidence.
You don’t need to have previous experience of working in advice. However, we particularly welcome people from black and minority ethnic communities who speak another language as well as English or want to improve their English language skills.
King’s Church – Food Volunteers
King’s Church in Catford are looking for 10 volunteers to help deliver their non-perishable food hampers ‘Big Red Boxes’. They deliver on a weekly basis but the commitment does not have to be every week day on a Thursday or Friday. Alternatively, if you have a clean driving licence and have held it for over 10 years, we can look at hiring a van for you to use.
It is ideal if you already have a DBS check available, if not they can support you in this process.
Email email@example.com to get involved!
Entelechy Arts – Volunteer Treasurer
Entelechy Arts are looking for a Treasurer to join their Board of Trustees. The role involves maintaining an overview of the organisation’s affairs; ensuring its financial viability and that proper financial records and procedures are maintained.
Closing date for applications: 9am on Wednesday 7 April 2021
New Cross Learning – Volunteer Customer Service Library Assistant
The role includes:
* Taking out and returning library books,
* Booking computer space,
* Answering the telephone,
* Doing photocopying of documents for customers
* Shelf filling and tidying
* Some light cleaning as part of the team rota, everyone does a bit.
This is a great way to help the community have access to a local library and learning centre. New Cross Learning are concerned that all volunteers get good training opportunities and feel supported in their roles.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to apply for the role
Voluntary Services Lewisham – Volunteer Food Shoppers
VSL currently have these shifts where that need at least two volunteer food shoppers each:
Shift 1: Meet at Lidl Lee High Rd @ 7:30am on Friday (for 2 hours).
Shift 2: Meet at Lidl Lee High Rd @ 7:30am on Tuesday (for 2 hours).
Shift 3: Meet at VSL offices @ 10:00am on Tuesday (for 3.5 hours).
Please email email@example.com to register your interest!
CatBytes – Volunteer Drivers
CatBytes are very busy receiving, refurbishing and distributing devices to families in Lewisham whose children are currently doing their homework on smartphones and they need volunteer drivers to help distribute.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
St. Peter’s Brockley Social Supermarket – Food Project Volunteer
St Peter’s Social Supermarket in Brockley are looking for around 15 volunteers to deliver weekly food parcels to food bank members who are unable to leave their homes. Deliveries are within SE4, and can be on foot, cycle or by car.
Voluntary Services Lewisham – Trustees
VSL are looking for general trustees and also a treasurer. A Trustee will contribute to and ensure the effective delivery of our emerging strategy. A genuine interest and commitment to the organisation’s Mission, Values and Strategic Goals is essential as well as knowledge or a willingness to develop an understanding of compliance, risk management and control of processes. Contact VSL for an informal chat.
Healthwatch Lewisham – Project Volunteer
Healthwatch Lewisham is committed to trying to make changes to health and social care services that reflect the needs of the people in the local community. In order to do that, we establish projects looking in to the key concerns and issues that have been reported to us by the general public. We need the assistance of volunteers in these project groups to help us to look
thoroughly at these issues.
Volunteer Interpreter: LRMN need people who can interpret for their clients when they access support services. You will be responsible for helping clients get the advice they need on a range of issues from immigration and mental wellbeing to housing and welfare benefits.
Volunteer Driver: LRMN need volunteers to support by regularly collecting food donations and food surplus from locations including Brockley, Deptford, Woolwich, Kidbrooke and Welling.
Volunteer Admin Worker: LMRN are looking for a great communicator with fantastic organisation skills who can support our housing and welfare benefits team with administrative tasks. By assisting clients to fill in forms and provide information as well as supporting advisors with file management, you will be a key part of the team.
Street Trees for Living – Volunteers
STfL plants over 200 street trees across the London Borough of Lewisham yearly. They publicise and raise funds to support Lewisham Council’s street tree planting scheme and liaise with the council on behalf of residents.
They are always looking for volunteers. From tree waterers/guardians to sponsors or admin help or ‘area-reps’. They also have a vacant treasurer trustee role!
CTE Projects – Social Media Volunteer
CTE Projects support lone parents and women back to work by providing skilled training, support with starting their own business or those who want to change their career.
They are looking for a social media volunteer to promote the services of the organisation, research on funding and partnership opportunities, create and maintain all social platforms, do digital marketing and admin duties etc.
Contact email@example.com to register your interest
Age UK Lewisham & Southwark Food 2 You – Volunteer Food Packers and Deliverers
Food2You is a shopping delivery service for over 50s living in Lewisham, Southwark and Lambeth who struggle to do their own shopping. They provide a consistent weekly shop to older people who may not be able to access shops themselves, as well as much needed social contact with staff and volunteers.
Volunteers support with all aspects of the service, from Administration to Driving, and Shopping to Deliveries. Roles are at various times and days throughout the week.
Shopping is currently being done at Tesco Surrey Quays, and they are currently based at the Yalding Healthy Living Centre in Bermondsey. We deliver to clients across the borough of Lewisham, as well as Southwark and Lambeth.
Help Lewisham Hospital – NHS Aid Volunteer
Help Lewisham Hospital have a hub aimed at helping NHS staff with picking up essentials and the occasional treat all free of charge. They need volunteers to help with sorting donations, bagging donations to give to staff at the door, cleaning as needed and volunteer drivers.
They need more Volunteers to do morning or evening shifts (not both) from 6/7-10am and 6-10pm.
The Sapphire Foundation – Food Volunteer
The Sapphire Foundation are looking for volunteers at their Community Fridge in Catford at Capital House, 47 Rushey Green, SE6 4AS on Mondays and Fridays to:
– Assist with setting up the Community Fridge space, which will be accessible to members of the community.
– Collect food donations from local stores and supermarkets.
– Assist with packing and distributing food items.
– Offer a friendly welcome to visitors and engage with members of the community.
– Support the implementation of activities that will be ran during the day.
– Record contact details of attendees.
– Help maintain a clean and safe environment.
They are also looking for volunteers outside of Lewisham in Whitechapel (outside Toynbee Hall, Commercial Street, E1 6LS) to do the same tasks on Thursdays.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest for the above roles.
SCYSS are looking for passionate volunteer with experience in any of these fields: Admin; Fundraising and Communications (including websites/social media).
Local Councillor Tauseef Anwar has started a hot food takeaway service that is providing food at 3pm every day outside Lewisham Islamic Centre. They are looking for volunteers to help on different days. Please email Cllr_Tauseef.Anwar@lewisham.gov.uk if you would like to volunteer and find out more.
Whitefoot and Downham Community Food Plus Project – Volunteer Drivers & Food Packers
WDCFP+ are looking for volunteer drivers to support with a fortnightly run on Thursdays between 3 – 7.30pm to collect surplus food donations from a depot in Coulsdon to support their food bank which has experienced extremely high numbers of visitors in recent weeks.
They are also looking for volunteers to assist with packing and queue management. Please email to express the role you are interested in (mentioning Lewisham Local) to email@example.com. You can donate to their fundraiser here.
Downham Gleaning Pantry need volunteer drivers to collect surplus food from local supermarkets on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
One Health Lewisham – Healthcare Volunteers
One Health Lewisham are recruiting a team of volunteers to support with the delivery of COVID-19 remote monitoring devices to people that may have coronavirus that do not have anybody to collect the monitoring device on their behalf.
The safety of both our volunteers and patients is paramount and in addition to our routine safeguards:
- Volunteers will be required to attend training before starting to ensure that appropriate infection prevention guidance is followed.
- Devices are to be left on doorsteps and there is no requirement for volunteers to have face to face contact or communication when delivering device.
One Health Lewisham estimate that there will be approximately 5 devices that need to be delivered per day and as such, would like a large pool of volunteers to ensure that there are volunteers located across the borough to respond to requests throughout December-January.
If you are interested in becoming one of their Remote Monitoring Volunteers, please complete the short online form
Action Tutoring – Volunteer Tutor
Volunteering with Action Tutoring is an easy and rewarding way to make a difference to the lives of young people living in your community. By volunteering and tutoring for just one hour a week, you will be able to directly support disadvantaged young people to build their confidence and help ensure they leave school with the grades needed to build a bright future, as well as developing your own skills.
As an English or maths tutor, you will choose one of our partner schools to volunteer with. You can support either in person (following Covid prevention measures) or online (through our virtual classroom). You will work with one or two pupils for an hour a week across the course of a school term. Sessions are delivered at the same time each week. We provide all of our tutors with training and workbooks to use in sessions, and we will also process a DBS check for you.
XLP – Volunteer Mentor
XLP are looking for Literacy and Numeracy Online Tutors. XLP is a youth charity that operates youth work projects in schools and estate communities across 9 inner-city boroughs. The charity has a long history of working in Lewisham borough.
This project offers literacy and numeracy support to young people from yr6-yr9 as well as targeted 1-1 online home tutoring to young people studying towards GCSEs.
All volunteers are expected to attend three individual XLP training sessions, which include working with young people, safeguarding and tutoring training.
Corbett Community Library – Volunteer Befriender
Corbett Community Library are recruiting volunteers for their Doorstep Chat service on and around the Corbett Estate in SE6.
Volunteers can work in pairs (preferably) to have socially distanced weekly chats with an isolated person from the end of their garden path. These social visits are very much welcomed by individuals who often haven’t spoken to anyone all week. They can arrange for these to be phone chats from their premises. To find out more, please email email@example.com
Quo Vadis Trust – Volunteer Mentor
Quo Vadis Trust provides social housing, care & support for people in South East London living with mental health challenges.
The are looking for an Activities Worker, who would support clients in a Peer Mentor Programme; developing their skills and ambitions, facilitating projects and activities researched and designed by clients and help support client recovery through engagement and empowerment.
Sydenham Garden – Trustee
Sydenham Garden are seeking to appoint a trustee with experience of leading and managing activity groups for people recovering from mental ill health and people with early dementia.
They are keen to recruit a trustee who would be interested in joining our board and the services subcommittee. The subcommittee provides governance for their activity based horticulture and arts group programmes. It also oversees the development and review of the policies and procedures required for good governance of the groups.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
FareShare – Food Project Volunteer
The FareShare London warehouse in Deptford is seeking dozens of volunteers who can spare time during the week to help ensure that good, surplus food gets to the people who need it most.
Crisis – Admin Volunteer
Crisis are looking for a Housing Procurement Volunteer. You’ll be supporting our Housing Procurement Team to source good quality accommodation for our members to help end their homelessness.
170 Community Project – Volunteer Befriender
The 170 Community Project are looking for an Advice Line Telephone Assessor Volunteer. The volunteer be the first port of call on the Advice Line to callers in need of welfare advice. You need good listening skills, a calm and patient manner and be able to relay information to the caller in a clear way. Accurate note-taking skills are important. Training is given.
Contact email@example.com to register your interest
Deptford Mission – Admin Volunteer
Volunteers are needed to help process the donations they receive in their charity shop. This includes processing clothes donations, sorting through bric-a-brac, CDs, DVDs etc. as well as operating the till and all general shop work such as cleaning and tidying the shelves.
Voluntary Services Lewisham – Volunteer Befriender
The VSL befriending scheme covers Lewisham Borough and matches volunteers with service users based on shared interests, the individual’s needs, and the volunteers’ motivation and availability.
Stanstead Lodge – Volunteer Archivist
Stanstead Lodge are looking for a volunteer archivist. The ideal person will be capable of drafting an archiving policy and be happy to lead a project team, work independently and supervise any volunteers.
Contact James: firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
NHS Volunteer responders support people who are self-isolating and support NHS organisations by transporting goods between sites, delivering supplies to patients’ homes and providing patient transport.
Lee Green Lives – Volunteer Mentor
Lee Green Lives are looking for support volunteers for wide-ranging activities and services in their Community Centre. Activities and services range from healthy exercises and computer classes to sewing and literacy classes, as well as advice sessions for people with benefits, housing and other issues.
To volunteer, contact Shirley Kirkland, Lee Green Lives community centre coordinator on email: email@example.com; or telephone 020 7998 1004 or text 07706 931986.
1st New Cross Scouts – Volunteer Mentor
Every week volunteers give young people in New Cross and Brockley age 6 – 18 the skills they need for school, college, university, the job interview, the important speech, the tricky challenge and the big dreams: the skills they need for life!
Blue Ribbon Foundation – Downham Men’s Group – Volunteer Gardener
Downham Men’s Group are looking for volunteers to help every Thursday morning with gardening at the Goldsmiths Community centre and grounds development.
Barley Loaves Distribution Service – Food Project Volunteer
Barley Loaves Food Service is a not-for-profit food bank that serves inner Lewisham community. Barley Loaves Food Distribution Service are looking for volunteer drivers to collect and deliver their food every Tuesday afternoon.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved
Action for Refugees in Lewisham – Food Project Volunteer
AFRIL’s door to door Helping Hands food bank delivery service are looking to increase its recently-established team of volunteer cyclists/ drivers in anticipation of the busy pre-Christmas period.
The Saturday team of volunteers deliver essential food every Saturday to 30 refugee, asylum seeker and vulnerable migrant families local areas at 10am and are home by 1pm. There are devised routes for these deliveries so each driver/cyclist and can pay travel expenses’ for drivers.
AFRIL are also currently recruiting a Friday team of cyclists and drivers to help collect donations, current collection times are on Friday mornings and afternoons but other collection times are likely as new collection hubs are added to the scheme.
Contact Helen, Food Bank manager E: email@example.com or M: 07375 886101 to get involved.